Estabrook throws her hat in the ring

It’s official. Anne Evans Estabrook is running for U.S. Senate.

Although she has not yet issued a formal announcement, Estabrook put out a press release today saying that she has filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission, transforming her exploratory committee into a senatorial campaign. That makes her the first Republican to officially announce against Democratic incumbent Frank Lautenberg in 2008.

Other potential Republican candidates include state Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Assemblyman Jon Bramnick.

In a press release, Estabrook touted her experience as CEO of Elberon Development Co. and as chair of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce to show that, although she’s a political newcomer, she’s ready for the job.

“Throughout my career I have always found ways to build consensus and get things done, said Estabrook. “That kind of approach is needed in Washington where sadly political theatre has replaced public service. I want to change that.”

The Estabrook campaign’s honorary Chairman will be fundraiser Lew Eisenberg, co-Chairman of Granite Capital Insurance Group, while its finance chairman will be Peter Cocoziello, President and CEO of Advance Realty Group.

Estabrook throws her hat in the ring